Breastfeeding Tips: Will Placing Cabbage Leaves on Your Breasts Help You Wean by Stopping Milk Production?
Cabbage leave for stopping breast milk (Photo Credits: Instagram/carlywad)

All the mothers who are weaning their babies know how difficult it can get. Some babies do not easily switch to formula milk from breast milk. Several home remedies and methods have been used for ages to wean little ones. On of the tried-and-tested method is the cabbage leaf trick.  You must have heard of women placing cabbage leaves on their breasts to wean their babies. For the uninitiated, weaning is the gradual process of introducing infants to an adult diet from mother's milk. How to Make Breast Milk Healthier and Fattier.

Cabbage is said to benefit breastfeeding mothers. Placing cold cabbage leaves on the breasts as cold packs is believed to relieve engorgement, and reduce pain and swelling. The weaning remedy apparently helps "dry up" the milk in the breasts. Although, there's no science-backed proof.

An influencer who goes by the name Carly Waddell shared her experience on Instagram about weaning her babies and putting them on formula milk. In a long Instagram post, Waddell wrote she used a hashtag to mention cabbage leaf for weaning. She also shared what she feels about the stigma attached to stop breastfeeding. Foods to Improve Milk Production in Breastfeeding Moms.

"There is such a stigma about breastfeeding. If you don’t do it, you don’t care about your children’s health. You don’t love your kids enough. You’re being selfish. You just aren’t being a good enough mom. Honestly, I know my comments will prob be full of people telling me all sorts of things I could have/should have done to make it work for us."

She also wrote, "the one huge thing I found this time is that I made a really hard decision within myself as a mom to listen to my gut about what was best for my child. And you know what...it worked. He is soooo happy and that is all that matters." She ended her caption #cabbageleavesforthewin and also posted a picture of herself with cabbage leaves on her breasts.

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It’s been a week since Charlie was born, he is the greatest blessing and one of the greatest lessons for me as a mom. I had all these hopes and dreams that postpartum would be easier this time. But I still ache. I’m healing. I’m tried. Bella was such a colicky newborn. She cried and cried for months. Threw up. Had gas pains. I breastfed for months because that’s what I was told was “best”. When I changed Bella to formula, she was a new, happy little baby. This time, I had hopes that Charlie would be different. But it just isn’t the case. I decided to stop breastfeeding and try him on the same formula Bella was on, and within a bottle or two he was so happy. He stopped crying. He could relax. He could sleep. He smiled. There is such a stigma about breastfeeding. If you don’t do it, you don’t care about your children’s health. You don’t love your kids enough. You’re being selfish. You just aren’t being a good enough mom. Honestly, I know my comments will prob be full of people telling me all sorts of things I could have/should have done to make it work for us. But the one huge thing I found this time is that I made a really hard decision within myself as a mom to listen to my gut about what was best for my child. And you know what...it worked. He is soooo happy and that is all that matters. I wanted to be real and thank you guys for checking in with me on how I have been doing this week. It’s been beautiful and painful at times. Thank you for all y’alls love and congratulations. It means SO much to me 😊 #cabbageleavesforthewin

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Cabbage Leaves For Weaning

Cabbage leaves are one of the best remedies to dry up breast milk. Cold cabbage patches also help reduce breast inflammation and relieve pain and discomfort caused by breast engorgement. It is also known to slow down the production of breastmilk to avoid milk blocking the ducts in the breast.

While there is no scientific research to back the claim, there isn't any harm in trying this remedy out! This simple trick doesn't have any side-effects and if anything it can really help you feel good during summers.

(This article is written for informative purpose only and shouldn't be substituted for professional advice.)